HolyNight7 - My Great Aunt used to say, "out of something bad comes something good", you lost your job and struggled for awhile, but you found this place and what sounds like a better job. I'm glad for that.
I am so pleased that things worked out for you and touched by your love for Christmas so much so that you looked for ways to lift your spirits.
Some of the folks I know were not expecting to be "let go". It was so hard on them. Most of them have children.
All of a sudden "Kyle" can't go to a shack dance unless he gets a paper route and he lives on the outskirts of town so if there are three paper carriers - he doesn't get a route. He's only twelve and his friends want to go to a movie - but the hydro needs to be paid. His sister "Anne" doesn't understand why she can't have a big Birthday party for her "golden year" birthday. Relatives had to help her with that and instead of a magician they were entertained with stories and puppet shows from me (for free of course). I know Christmas isn't just about gifts, but when your children are used to getting presents from "Santa" and suddenly there are only a few items under the tree and a lady knocking on the door with a box of food to cook for Christmas dinner it breaks my heart. I know of two families that were appreciative for those items, but so terribly humiliated that they needed to ask for them. I also know people have it harder than this, but it's so hard to explain it to children. I'm glad there are organizations out there that are able to help and people willing to donate to them.
242 Days until Christmas. 8)